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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear features explained, Official Hands-on video!

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear features explained, Official Hands-on video!

    The newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch have a number of features which are both innovative and complex, so Samsung have gone and made a very instructional video on all of these new features. The video explains how you can use the Air Command function and all the other shortcut features like Action Memo and S Finder. It also shows how to use the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch in a more personal way and explores all the little details in a friendly instructional manner. While it doesn't show a real-life setting, it does get everything explained nicely so do check out the video in this article.

  • Qualcomm Toq Mirasol smartwatch officially announced

    Qualcomm Toq Mirasol smartwatch officially announced

    Qualcomm has officially joined the smartwatch race by it's official announcement of the Toq smartwatch. While in terms of functionality, the Toq doesn't differ that much from other previous Bluetooth notification remote devices, what sets it apart is the Mirasol screen it uses. Mirasol is like a hybrid version of LCD and e-ink displays, so it offers the energy efficiency of an e-ink display with the colour clarity of an LCD. Going for a button-less display, everything is run from the capacitive screen which certainly looks sharp and clear. Tech specs weren't really available at the time of announcement but it looks to offer the ability to receive calls through a bluetooth headset and charge wirelessly through Qualcomm's own wireless charging technology. There are no external ports on the Toq as it connects through WiFi or Bluetooth.

  • Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch officially announced, priced $299 (RM981)

    Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch officially announced, priced $299 (RM981)

    As expected, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was officially announced along with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Featuring a metallic chrome bezel it certainly looks better than the earlier leaked "prototypes" and comes in black, grey, red, yellow and white plastic watch straps. It confirms many tech spec rumours which include a camera, microphones and speaker built into the strap along with a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen that has a 320 x 320 pixel resolution. Tech specs for the Samsung Galaxy Gear include an 800 MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB storage and a 1.9MB camera capable of taking 720p video. According to Samsung, while it only packs in a 315 mAh battery it should last "about a day" although they are unclear if this is 24 hours or an 8 hour working day.

  • Google bought WIMM smartwatch maker last year in secret

    Google bought WIMM smartwatch maker last year in secret

    Talking more on smartwatches, Google has reportedly been working on it's own smartwatch, but it seems that it hasn't been doing this on it's own as last year in 2012, they quietly bought out smartwatch maker WIMM Labs. The WIMM One smartwatch offered a reasonable amount of potential, doing everything most bluetooth smartwatches can do today, including syncing with smartphones and showing notifications. While reception for it's first smartwatch was good, WIMM Labs suddenly went quiet and stopped producing more smartwatches. Apparently, they did so because Google bought them out, which Google has confirmed recently. What sets the WIMM smartwatch apart from the others is that they also made an Android based micro app platform that offers a widget like based development system. Google and WIMM have both been quiet about what came from this relationship, but we're betting on a smartwatch that could be used in tandem with Google's own Glass wearable computer.

  • Rumours: Samsung Galaxy Gear Apps and Pictures leak

    Rumours: Samsung Galaxy Gear Apps and Pictures leak

    With just a couple of days away from it's supposed unveiling before the IFA 2013, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch has had quite a lot of leaks come up. This includes screenshots of the smartphone app which will be used to interface with the smartwatch, which confirms that the Gear will be called the Gear and support NFC and Bluetooth connectivity. The app screenshots also reveal that the Gear will go by the model number of SM-V700. Other features include the rumour that the Gear can only last for 10 hours on a single charge, which as opposed to other smartwatches which say that they can last from 3 days to a week on a single charge may be the dealbreaker for some people. Confirming earlier statements that the Gear will not be using the flexible screen type as shown in the earlier patent drawings are leaked images of the Gear smartwatch live. Coming courtesy of VentureBeat, the images show off a 3-inch screen that would probably be an OLED type screen and colours which include dark gray and black with built-in speakers in the strap. A 4MP camera is also visible. Hopefully, everything turns out fine for the Gear as we hope it will spur other manufacturers onwards to better smartwatches but if this news is any indication, it may not be the perfect smartwatch we're all looking for.

  • Rumours: Samsung VP confirms Galaxy Gear smartwatch, no flexible screen

    Rumours: Samsung VP confirms Galaxy Gear smartwatch, no flexible screen

    While we've been speculating a lot about the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Samsung's upcoming smartwatch, a Samsung VP recently confirmed that it would be coming on 4 September 2013. This comes courtesy of Lee Young-hee, Samsung Mobile VP who confirmed that it would make an appearance, perhaps at the Samsung Unpacked 2 event on the same date. If or when that happens, it would likely be revealed alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which is rumoured to be revealed at the same event. He also confirmed that it won't have a flexible screen, going on to say that the Samsung Galaxy Gear will be a:

    "wearable concept device" and is "confident that the Gear will add meaningful momentum to the mobile industry"

  • Rumours: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch coming in 5 colours?

    Rumours: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch coming in 5 colours?

    With just about two more weeks before the Samsung Unpacked 2 event (where the Samsung Galaxy Gear is probably going to be announced), and we have some more rumours coming out about the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. This time around the rumours indicate that we may now get the smartwatch in blackgreyorangewhite and now white gold which is probably going to be released after the other 4 colours. The leak comes courtesy of SamMobile who are usually quite accurate about most things Samsung related but as always do take it with a pinch of salt. In all likelihood, the Samsung Galaxy Gear may come in a lot more colours than just 5 but this is the colour list we have for now. As a refresher, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is expected to be revealed on 4 September at the IFA 2013 with sales release dates expected in September to October of 2013. Again no news on pricing or availability in Malaysia just yet, but we'll keep you updated.

  • Rumours: More Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch tech specs leak, cool concept video included

    Rumours: More Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch tech specs leak, cool concept video included

    All eyes are on Samsung to deliver a better smartwatch than the ones already in the market, especially as Apple is having problems with the iWatch. Quite a lot of rumoured tech specs have been circulating recently for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch which includes:

    • 1.5GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 5412 processor / 1.5Ghz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor
    • 1GB RAM
    • 1.67-inch AMOLED display (320 x 320 pixels) / 2.5-inch OLED display (320 x 320 pixels) / 3.5-inch display
    • 2MP Camera
    • Supports Bluetooth 4.0 LE + NFC + speaker + mic
    • Android 4.1 / Android 4.2
  • Hyetis Crossbow smartwatch to offer 41MP camera at $1200

    Hyetis Crossbow smartwatch to offer 41MP camera at $1200

    After the recent Ubuntu Edge introduction, all sorts of startups promising super-high-end tech gadgets seem to be coming up and Hyetis is no different. The only difference is that rather than a smartphone, Hyetis are aiming for a smartwatch called the Hyetis Crossbow that will feature a 41MP camera sensor along with a whole bunch of other high-end features. The company has come up with a number of renders for the device and have stated that it will have a zoom lens with a ring flash, noise-cancelling microphone, GPS, Biometric sensors, WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth while supporting Android, iOS and Windows Phone 8 smartphones. While we're thinking an additional fingerprint scanner sounds just a bit far-fetched, such a smartwatch would probably merit the asking price of $1200 (RM3933) which Hyetis wants for it. There aren't any details on how they'd fit in a battery that could support all this and last for a day but if you're interested do check out the Hyetis site.

  • Rumours: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to be unveiled at IFA and called the SM-V700

    Rumours: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to be unveiled at IFA and called the SM-V700

    According to some tipsters, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is apparently real and coming soon under the model name of SM-V700. The smartwatch will use an OLED flexible display and have two capacitive touch buttons for the menu and the back button along with a physical power button. There may also be a USB port for charging and a standard 3.5mm jack for microphone, speakers or headphones. These same tipseters say that it will likely be revealed at the upcoming Samsung Unpacked 2 event on 4 September right before the IFA 2013 as an additional accessory to the Samsung Galaxy Note III phablet (which sounds quite similar to how Sony revealed their recent SmartWatch 2). No other details just yet, but the tipsters are quite well known for being accurate so we'll just wait and see what happens.